Undefeated King of Pop Turns 59
Michael Joseph Jackson of Gary, Indiana was a singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop" and considered one of the most influential and popular artists internationally, he would have turned 59 today.
After making his professional debut at the tender age of six with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon in the Jackson 5, he began his solo career in 1971.
From Off the Wall to This Is It, Jackson dominated the pop charts and pop culture for over four decades earning countless awards including 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards, 13 number-one singles in the U.S. as a solo artist, and over 350 million records sold worldwide. On top of his celebrity status, Jackson also traveled the world and supported 39 charities emphasizing his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.
Leaving behind nearly a 50-year legacy, Jackson's passing spurred an international outpouring of grief and bumped the majority of his singles back into the Top 40 charts making him the top-earning dead celebrity in 2016 with earnings of 825 million dollars according to Forbes.
Jackson's legacy will live on through his music and he will be forever missed by his fans of all ages, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexualities, and countries.